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SubjectRe: PAGE_SIZE Availability Inconsistency

Hi Peter,

> The easiest way to fix this would be to always park the swap magic at
> the offset of the smallest page size in use, which is 4K. This is
> analogous how the offset for the ext2/3 superblock got fixed at 1K --
> for 1K blocks, it's the second block, but for larger blocks, it's part
> of the first block. If we fix the offset of the swap magic at 4096
> minus the offset that's already there, it will always fall in the first
> page regardless of page size.

Yeah that makes sense. I gave it a go by creating a MIN_PAGE_SIZE
define, and allowing an architecture to override it if required.

A couple of issues:

1. Parts of the swap header are in PAGE_SIZE chunks so I made them
MIN_PAGE_SIZE chunks too.

2. The badblocks stuff is PAGE_SIZEd too. Do we ever use it on modern
disks? Maybe we can just remove this support.

3. This will unfortunately break machines currently running a 64kB
kernel with swap space. We may just have to lump it and fix on upgade.

Anton
--

Our current swap layout has issues with variable page size kernels.
Instead of using the page size at runtime, base it on the minimum page
size the architecture supports.

Signed-off-by: Anton Blanchard <anton@samba.org>
---
Index: linux-2.6/include/linux/swap.h
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.orig/include/linux/swap.h 2007-03-08 15:14:30.000000000 -0600
+++ linux-2.6/include/linux/swap.h 2007-03-08 15:14:33.000000000 -0600
@@ -48,14 +48,17 @@
* old reserved area - some extra information. Note that the first
* kilobyte is reserved for boot loader or disk label stuff...
*
- * Having the magic at the end of the PAGE_SIZE makes detecting swap
- * areas somewhat tricky on machines that support multiple page sizes.
- * For 2.5 we'll probably want to move the magic to just beyond the
- * bootbits...
+ * Version 1 and 2 swap headers store the magic at the end of the
+ * PAGE_SIZE which causes problems for architectures with multiple
+ * page sizes. An architecture can define MIN_PAGE_SIZE to be used
+ * regardless of the kernel page size to get around this.
*/
+#ifndef MIN_PAGE_SIZE
+#define MIN_PAGE_SIZE PAGE_SIZE
+#endif
union swap_header {
struct {
- char reserved[PAGE_SIZE - 10];
+ char reserved[MIN_PAGE_SIZE - 10];
char magic[10]; /* SWAP-SPACE or SWAPSPACE2 */
} magic;
struct {
Index: linux-2.6/include/asm-powerpc/page.h
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.orig/include/asm-powerpc/page.h 2007-03-08 15:14:30.000000000 -0600
+++ linux-2.6/include/asm-powerpc/page.h 2007-03-08 15:14:33.000000000 -0600
@@ -24,8 +24,10 @@
#else
#define PAGE_SHIFT 12
#endif
+#define MIN_PAGE_SHIFT 12

#define PAGE_SIZE (ASM_CONST(1) << PAGE_SHIFT)
+#define MIN_PAGE_SIZE (ASM_CONST(1) << MIN_PAGE_SHIFT)

/* We do define AT_SYSINFO_EHDR but don't use the gate mechanism */
#define __HAVE_ARCH_GATE_AREA 1
Index: linux-2.6/mm/swapfile.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.orig/mm/swapfile.c 2007-03-08 14:48:03.000000000 -0600
+++ linux-2.6/mm/swapfile.c 2007-03-08 15:33:04.000000000 -0600
@@ -1568,6 +1568,12 @@
p->cluster_next = 1;

/*
+ * last_page is in MIN_PAGE_SIZE chunks, scale to kernel
+ * page size.
+ */
+ swap_header->info.last_page >>= (PAGE_SHIFT - MIN_PAGE_SHIFT);
+
+ /*
* Find out how many pages are allowed for a single swap
* device. There are two limiting factors: 1) the number of
* bits for the swap offset in the swp_entry_t type and
-
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